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basic (self catering) rate
for up to 9 guests at
Shela Palm House

Low Season from US$585
High Season from US$675
Peak Season from US$1350

Full Board Option
ADD US$75 pp / per day



Return airport / boat transfers from Manda Airstrip.

self catering option:

Guests supply funds to the house cook, who will then do all the shopping and cooking. Personal laundry service is extra.

full board option:

Includes all meals, but excludes drinks. Laundry is included.

Children under 12 pay 50%

Low (min. 3 nights)
26 April - 11 July
High (min. 3 nights)
11 January - 25 April
12 July - 19 December
Peak (min. 14 nights)
20 December - 9 January



shela palm house, lamu

Shela Palm House is a stunning Swahili style villa that can accommodate 9 to 10 guests in four en-suite bedrooms. This private house in Shela village is beautifully designed around an open courtyard, with a tall central Pemba Island palm tree in the centre.

The living and dining areas look onto the courtyard and another small tropical side garden with a royal palm and white thunbergia (Black-eyed Susan vine).

Accommodation is spacious, yet compact, with 2 double bedrooms and 1 triple bedroom on the first floor, all en-suite with private balconies.

The second floor with an open terrace and three sun beds, leads to a small covered baraza area in front of the fourth bedroom. This master bedroom has a Lamu four-poster bed and balconies on two sides.

There is a stunning panoramic view from the covered rooftop, with a bar, sun beds and baraza lounging area.

The house is a two minute walk from the seafront and a five minute walk away from Shela beach.

catering optons

There are 2 different catering options available:

  • full board
    The house cook will do all your catering. He will bake bread, suggest menus and cook excellent Swahili fish dishes. Basic foodstuffs, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit are available in the local Lamu market, while other supplies are flown in from Nairobi. Fish, lobster, crab and fresh oysters can be ordered.

  • self catering
    If you choose this option, the cook will still do all your shopping and keep a record of your expenditure for every meal he prepares for you. Please bring luxury food items and condiments with you. The kitchen is well equipped with gas cooker, fridge, deep-freeze, bottle cooler, icemaker, icecream machine and liquidiser. Sodas, beer and wine can be bought locally, but spirits should be brought along with you.


Shela Palm House has 3 staff - two stewards and a cook. A maid can be available to help with children at an extra cost. The resident manager will help to ensure you have everything you need, assist you with menus and also help organise local excursions.


Complimentary Internet facilities are available in Shela Palm House. Phone, computer and printing services can also be arranged.

linen & laundry

Bed linen, mosquito nets, house towels and beach towels are supplied. In case of a self-catering booking, laundry is charged to the you. However, if the house is rented on a full board basis, the laundry service is included.


  • Boat hire: Dhows, speedboats, ski boats and deep sea fishing boats can be hired for short and long trips.
  • Scuba diving is available between November and March.
  • A daily ferry service into Lamu town leaves at 9am and returns at 12pm.
  • Dhow trip to the Takwa ruins, former home to the Shela village people
  • Snorkel on the coral reefs off Manda Toto Island
  • Catch fresh fish from a dhow, which your crew will grill for you on the beach
  • Windsurf, bodysurf, sail and waterski
  • Walk along deserted beaches with extraordinary driftwood and sightings of dolphins offshore
  • Watch a local football game
  • Explore the narrow streets of Lamu town with its ancient fort, its wood carvers, juice bars and donkeys
  • Lunch visit to Kipungani
  • Discover the island’s history at the Lamu Museum
  • Visit the Donkey Sanctuary and the Lamu Animal Welfare Clinic


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Shela Palm House

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Diining room at Shela Palm House

Rooftop view at Shela Palm House

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Shela Palm House lounge

Rooftop at Shela Palm House

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